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Georgia: Lethal or Laughingstock

There’s a surprise amongst the leaders of the SEC. Florida, Kentucky, and reigning conference tourney champ Ole Miss were all expected to be there competing for the title. The Georgia Bulldogs? Not so much. The upstart team out of Athens have only dropped one game to first place Florida. So is Georgia lethal and a threat for the 1st or 2nd spot or are they a fraud nearing a fall down the rankings to become another SEC laughingstock? Let’s take a look in this week’s pregame breakdown:

Coming into the year Georgia was picked to finish 11th in the SEC and for good reason. Last year they bumbled to a 15-17 record with a 9-9 mark in the SEC. Their best player, Kantavious Caldwell-Pope, elected to leave after last season for the NBA and now plays for the Pistons.  There wasn’t much hope for the team on the hardwood this season and the early part of the year reinforced that despair. UGA came out of the gate 1-4 with losses to Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Temple. Things seemed the lowest when, just before SEC play, the Dawgs got blown out at George Washington 73-55. Mark Fox looked to be on his way out of Athens.

Then something changed. The team rallied around the sudden passing of Fox’s father to stun Missouri on the road. Since then they’ve knocked off Alabama, Arkansas, and South Carolina to tie UK in SEC wins and will march in Rupp with second place on the line. Oh and let’s not forget it was the Bulldogs who drove the first nail into UK’s NCAA tournament coffin by giving them a bad loss during the first week of March. Perhaps, Georgia is a team to be feared during conference play..

Oh perhaps not. Georgia is the ultimate fools gold in this early SEC season and if you have any stock in them I’d sell sell sell. The Cats opened as a 15.5 point favorite for good reason and that is that Georgia isn’t that good at basketball. First of their wins aren’t very impressive. First they surprised an overrated Missouri team in overtime. Since then the Tigers have lost to both Vandy and LSU to remain below .500 in league play. The Arkansas win may look nice since they defeated us but that win was at home where the Razorbacks are awful. Mike Anderson has a 2-21 road record with the ‘backs so a Georgia win isn’t so surprising. Then they beat South Carolina which is probably the worst team in the SEC.

Georgia may be good enough to finish in the top half of the SEC this year but they are far from being lethal. The Cats should have no probably dispatching them in icy, cold Lexington. What do you predict the score to be tomorrow afternoon?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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17 Comments for Georgia: Lethal or Laughingstock

  1. kentuckyhome99
    9:34 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Any word on TV coverage yet???? Any stations picking it up?

  2. 2mites
    9:35 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    A snow storm falls on the Bulldogs…..Cats win easy 88 – 61

  3. The Professor
    9:46 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Please, take the time to proof read your articles. You used the word “that” 3 times within a 6 word span. The second “that” should be changed to “because”. The next to last paragraph has numerous errors, which makes some sentences incomprehensible.

  4. Billy G
    9:56 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Were you drunk when you wrote this? I could write a more coherent piece while playing drunk golf in the dark. Seriously, you need to think about getting some help. Maybe hire a freshman English major to look over your stuff or something. I wish I’d hired an abnormal psychology major to help me while at UK, but that’s water under the bridge. Save yourself while there’s still time!

  5. Delk for 3
    9:57 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    This Georgia team is a decent D-I basketball squad. They have a good coach and some solid players. Our guys better play a good game, or this game’s outcome will be up in the air during the last few minutes. This Georgia team scored 97 points in their last game. That is a very good sign for them as they head into Rupp Arena.

  6. #GetPolsontoshootthe3more
    10:03 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink


  7. dan
    10:08 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    UK (We) especially this team, this year seems notorious for not covering the spread. I think UK wins going away but I wouldn’t be shocked at all by a close game. Especially the first half. Slow starts seem to be the rule rather than the exception with this group as well.

    • Delk for 3
      10:20 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

      Not really. According to Vegas, this current Wildcats bunch has 7 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties against the spread this year.

  8. Hole Kogan
    10:42 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    Another solid piece from Cassady!

  9. Django
    11:26 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    “First of their wins aren’t very impressive. First they surprised an overrated Missouri team in overtime.” You suck.

  10. Django
    11:30 pm January 24, 2014 Permalink

    “The Cats should have no probably..”. My prediction is you suck.

  11. Capt
    12:12 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    You jinxed us. Thanks andrew. If we lose, I’m blaming the loss on your trash talk and crappy grammar.

  12. Real Cracka
    12:52 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    Seriously? We’re 1 loss from being the biggest SEC laughing stock probably in the history of the league. Drop one game we are supposed to win and this “40-0” team is that.
    Until then lasts years team was the biggest laughing stock in SEC history.

  13. Bill Berry
    8:36 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    ………………………….Go….GEORGIA… BULL..DAWGS !
    ………………………………………………………………………..Sick ’em!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………..Woof Woof Woof !!!

  14. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    8:52 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    This team couldn’t “put away” the Little Sisters of the Poor….Cats by 6 !

    • 2mites
      10:03 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

      Wait is that another foe of U of L this year ?

  15. 2mites
    10:01 am January 25, 2014 Permalink

    Wow the intelligence on here today is amazing.